Clearwater and St. Petersburg are the perfect place to be when you want to cure that seafood craving. You can’t get such great quality seafood just anywhere. You’ll love tying the fresh catch of the day here on Florida’s west coast where travelers come from all over to enjoy the Gulf of Mexico waterfront city.
No matter the budget you are working with, you’ll find everything from a laidback beach shack to upscale, fine-dining for that special occasion. Take a look at the top seven choices that you’ll want to indulge in for your next time eating seafood.
Maritana Grille – 3400 Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach
Make it a fine-dining experience tonight at the upscale Maritana Grille in St. Pete Beach. You’ll find a blend of contemporary American with fresh sea selections as the menu varies each week. You’ll love options like the marmalade-roasted red snapper and the Florida stone crab.
With the new St. Pete Farmers Market Tasting Menu, you’ll get to enjoy locally sourced produce and dairy products too. It will be paired with root vegetables and produce from local farms while you sip on wine and enjoy the salt water aquarium.
Carreta on the Gulf – Sandpearl Resort, Clearwater Beach
Check out a Clearwater Beach favorite Carreta on the Gulf, located at the Sandpearl Resort. It offers indoor and outdoor dining, as well as a private dining room, and features seasonal seafood and traditional America cuisine.
You’ll love the Ratatouille Zucchini Boxes with cannelloni beans, olive tapenade, and roasted yellow tomato vinaigrette. Enjoy the fresh catch of the day with an organic veggie and potato soufflé while relaxing in the bar, the lounge, the private wine room, or outside by the water.
Birch & Vine, The Birchwood – 340 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg
Let’s go casual and dine in laidback downtown St. Petersburg. Check out Birch & Vine on Beach Drive for global cuisine. You’ll love that the dining room is inside The Birchwood, a boutique hotel situated inside a historic building. Take your group to the terrace and garden seating that overlooks the water views of the Tampa Bay and Banyan trees of North Straub Park.
Olde Bay Café & Dunedin Fish Market – 51 Main Street, Dunedin
What used to be a 1930’s wooden shack for local fisherman to unload their catches is now the Olde Bay Café & Dunedin Fish market. This waterfront fave is located in Dunedin where no reservations are necessary and everything is casual. You’ll love the sunset views overlooking the marina while you eat the freshest seafood on the coast. Try the Florida stone crabs or the peel n’ eat shrimp.
Of course you’ll want to stop by Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill on Clearwater Beach to get great seafood and live music in an open-air beachfront eatery, Guy Harvey’s RumFish Grill & Bar on St. Pete Beach where you’ll find the huge aquarium that made it to Animal Planet’s “Tanked,” and Sea Salt St. Pete in downtown St. Pete for the expansive raw bar and creative cocktails.
These are the top seven spots you must try around Clearwater and St. Petersburg for the best seafood.